Frustrating Shrine Bowl For Arnold

Losing an all-star game to a rival state is frustrating in itself, but imagine doing so knowing you can make a difference and not receiving the opportunity.

"Yeah, it's real frustrating," remarked James "Cooter" Arnold, who was expecting to be a major part in North Carolina's offense against South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl, but only had the ball in his hands on two occasions.

Arnold was the main returning threat for the N.C. squad, but was kicked away from on all five punts and six kickoffs. The three-star athlete also saw time at wide receiver and tailback, but only caught one pass -- a 12-yarder from Jonathan Crompton late in the fourth quarter -- and watched as only one of the handful of plays specially created for him -- a reverse that lost 10 yards -- was called.

Although bothered by the game's outcome, a 35-21 loss, and his limited time, Arnold is accepting the Shrine Bowl for what it is.

"This is just a game," explained the North Carolina commitment. "It's a great opportunity to be able to play in it and everything. I got to be around all of the good athletes in North Carolina."

Arnold now shifts his attention to his schooling, while also taking his lone official visit to North Carolina on January 14th. He will enroll at UNC next summer.

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